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NHS Education for Scotland

This resource on ASD is by the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and is designed for any professional working in the health care system at the primary care level.

You can go to this resource here.


Research Autism

Research Autism is determined to make a significant contribution to our understanding of what can help individuals and families affected by autism through world-class, evidence-based research.

They commission, carry out and support high quality, independent research into new and existing health, education, social and other interventions designed to help people with autism.

You can go to this resource here.

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Autism Network Scotland

Autism Network Scotland Information Library contains details of links and documents for various topics related to autism. Resources can be browsed by searching for key themes in the field.

You can go to this resource here.


National Autistic Society Scotland

National Autistic Society supports a number of research projects and offers access to the latest research for professionals and students. You can search their online database of autism materials.

You can go to this resource here.

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Mindroom. No mind left behind

Mindroom is a small Scottish charity with a big vision - to ensure that by 2020, every child and adult with learning difficulties in this country will receive the recognition and help they need. Mindroom offers a wide range of resources for parents, individuals and professionals.

You can go to this resource here.

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 Scottish Government

Scottish Government’s Autism Strategy Reference Group recognises there is a need to help people understand what different training opportunities offer and how people can best use these to increase their own levels of skills.

This Guidance Note has been developed by Sub-group 2 Cross Agency Collaboration and Involvement to produce a basic framework for understanding what the various courses should offer, who they have been developed for and how to think about the quality and effectiveness of particular training.

You can go to this resource here. 


Open University

Foundations for self-directed in Scotland is a short 'OpenLearn' study unit. The unit explores the development and impact of personalisation and self-directed support in Scotland. It is exactly what the title implies - a foundation course, providing basic information and a grounding in the topic. The developers of the course (and the SDS policy team) are keen to maximise awareness and access to this course, and this includes policy leads within the Scottish Government. The target audience is wide - current and future recipients of social care and health support, carers, support workers, social work and healthcare professionals (in particular allied health professionals), other professionals in education, employment, criminal justice and beyond, policy makers and the general public.

The main sections of the course are:

  • history of self-directed support and personalisation in Scotland;
  • how to work together towards personalisation;
  • outcomes-based thinking;
  • co-production;
  • risk of harm and adult protection;
  • implications for the workforce.

You can go to this resource here.

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The Keys to Life - Scotland's Learning Disability Strategy

The Keys to Life website can be found here.

Launched in 2013, the Keys to Life builds on the success of 'The Same As You?', the previous strategy which was published in 2000 following a review of services for people with learning disabilities.

In 2010, a two-year evaluation, involving the detailed participation from people with learning disabilities and their carers, began to assess what progress had been made and what needed to be achieved. From these findings, key themes were decided and debated by a national Learning Disability Strategy group who discussed key themes and agreed broader responses which have formed 'The Keys to Life - Improving Quality of Life for People with Learning Disabilities'.

The emphasis of this 10-year strategy is on health. There are over 50 recommendations, the majority of which are aimed at health.

Download your copy of the new learning disability strategy, also available in the Easy Read format.

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The Scottish National Training Framework

The remit of this study was to conduct an audit of existing training arrangements for autistic spectrum disorders in Scotland, to provide a template of training needs, together with an account of current gaps in the provision of training, and to prepare a national training framework with recommendations for implementation.

Identification and provision, while still requiring extensive development, have expanded at a much faster pace than training, with the result that in this particular field there are many key personnel in every profession who lack the necessary foundation of knowledge and skills. Identification, provision and understanding have developed in ways that call for a co-ordinated national training strategy. The national survey of training conducted for this study resulted in almost 1,500 responses from practitioners, service providers, training providers and parents, supported by a wide range of meetings and consultations both on current training arrangements and on proposals for the development of a national training strategy.The survey has highlighted major gaps in training at every level and across every sector.

You can go to this resource here.

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The Menu of Interventions

The Menu of Interventions was drawn up by a multi-agency group including parents and carers and aims to provide a guide to interventions and supports required by people on the autism spectrum across the lifespan and ability range. It has been created in line with recommendations 10 and 11 of the Scottish Strategy for Autism and provides information, drawn from a wide range of professionals, individuals and families of people on the spectrum regarding the challenges faced by people with autism across the lifespan and ability range and how these might be best addressed.

You can go to this resource here.